Ranked Top Community College in NJ
RVCC has been given top honors by WalletHub.com and Niche.com. Both websites have ranked RVCC as the best community college in New Jersey. According to Zippia.com, RVCC students are the highest earning graduates of any New Jersey community college. RVCC also has been included in Washington Monthly’s 2020 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll.
Eduardo J. Padrón Award for Institutional Transformation
Raritan Valley Community College is one of six colleges and universities in the country to be recognized by Campus Compact for outstanding work in pursuit of the public purposes of higher education. RVCC is one of only two community colleges in the U.S.—and the only New Jersey college—to receive the first Eduardo J. Padrón Award for Institutional Transformation. The College is being honored for its longstanding commitment to providing all students with access to civic and community-based learning experiences through its nationally recognized Service Learning program.
Shirley B. Gordon Award
RVCC President Dr. Michael McDonough is one of only 13 college presidents in the country—and the only president from a New Jersey college—to receive the Shirley B. Gordon Award from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The awards, which are the organization’s most prestigious honor for community college presidents, are given to college presidents in recognition of their work supporting student success on campus. Dr. McDonough was nominated for the award by Alpha Epsilon Pi, RVCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, for his ongoing support of both its Honors in Action (HIA) and College projects.
Sustainability Efforts Recognized
For the fifth year in a row, RVCC was lauded for its campus sustainability efforts by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). RVCC has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. RVCC now ranks as the #1 community college in the US in the “Air and Climate” category. The College also earned a perfect score in the “Water” category.
RVCC has received two regional awards from the EPA for its recycling efforts. The WasteWise award recognized RVCC for recycling over 100 tons of materials, tripling the College’s previous year’s diversion numbers. The EPA also awarded RVCC a Food Recovery Challenge award in recognition of the College's composting and recycling efforts.
In 2017 RVCC became the first two-year institution of higher education in the country to reach carbon neutrality, which is defined as having no net emissions after minimizing the carbon footprint as much as possible and offsetting the remaining emissions. The College also is River Friendly and is Bee Campus USA and Monarch Watch certified.
Women’s Volleyball Ranked 10th in US
The RVCC Women’s Volleyball team had a stellar season, making its first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Volleyball National Championship in November 2019, which resulted with a #10 ranking in the country. The RVCC athletes earned their trip to Nationals after winning the Region XIX North Atlantic B District Championship. Of the 12 teams that earned bids into the national tournament, RVCC was given the 12th seed and was able to move up two spots and finish the competition with a final ranking of #10 in the country.
Student Named Newman Civic Fellow
Dominick Zona, an Education major who graduated from RVCC in spring 2020, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Recognized for his leadership skills and commitment to finding solutions for public challenges, Zona joins 290 students from across the country selected for this national honor. Through his role as a Senator for the Student Government Association, Zona held a leadership role on the “RVotes Matter Campaign,” which promotes electoral participation among college students. As an Education major, he was an active participant in the College’s Service Learning program and his hours of dedicated service in local schools further readied him for a career as an educator. Zona also demonstrated his status as a civic student leader through his efforts to tutor his peers, helping them to develop productive academic skills that will support their success. Zona also has helped the RVCC student community by playing a role in the revitalization of the Filipino P.E.A.C.E. Club.
Student Voter Engagement Lauded
RVCC has been recognized nationally for student voter engagement with a “Gold Seal” from ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge as part of the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards. The awards recognize colleges and universities across the country that are committed to increasing college student voting rates. Institutions that earn a gold seal have achieved a student voting rate between 40-49 percent. RVCC’s student voting rates increased from 14.4 to 41.4 percent from the 2014 to 2018 elections. The biggest increase in numbers of voters at RVCC occurred in students ages 18-21, with a 32.1 percent increase.